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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. As Paul and the others wait outside the border of the Authority enclave, who approaches them?
2. What force drives the floating bobble of the tenement building inland?
3. Why does Wili decide to take Mike to Paul's home?
4. When Mike flees, what sort of vehicle does Della pursue him in?
5. How long does the Authority believe it has until the Tinker attack on the Authority?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Wili decide to trust Mike?
2. How does Mike feel about losing Jeremy inside the bobble at the bioscience lab?
3. How does Della and Mike's relationship change while they are at Kaladze's camp?
4. Why does Mike contact Della, and what information is exchanged?
5. Why does Paul decide to embobble himself?
6. Why does Avery decide to enact Renaissance?
7. How does Wili predict where the embobbled tenement building will go?
8. What fears do Mike and Allison express when the group returns to Paul's home?
9. What sacrifice does Jill make for Wili?
10. How is Wili able to move safely through the dangerous neighborhoods around the embobbled tenement building?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The bobbles are a defining element of the setting, and all the major events of the novel and of the history leading up to it are shaped by them. They represent a kind of super-weapon, superseding nuclear weapons, and allowing the Peace Authority to control much of the world.
1) Explain what a bobble is, how it is created and destroyed, and what its characteristics are.
2) Describe some uses for bobbles that are seen in the novel.
3) Explain how the Authority is able to control most of the world through their use of bobbles.
4) Discuss the impact that Paul and Wili's rogue bobble-generator has on the world and its political balance.
Essay Topic 2
Paul recognizes quickly that Wili has a deep love of knowledge, a trait that connects them, and which allows Wili's capabilities to grow rapidly under Paul's tutelage. This passion is a critical element of the story and plays an important role in the denouement.
1) Explain how Paul recognizes Wili's love for knowledge, and why this trait interests him.
2) Discuss the impact of this trait on Wili's development and studies; explain how it positions him to take over for Paul later in the novel.
3) Describe some of the other characters and groups who share this trait, and discuss how they are presented in the novel. Is a love of knowledge presented as a universal good, a mixed good, or in a neutral light?
4) Explain the importance some characters predict, near the end of the novel, that the love of knowledge will have.
Essay Topic 3
Trust forms an important part of the development of at least two major characters. Both Wili and Paul learn to trust others and reform themselves dramatically after someone else extends them unconditional trust. Although there were significant risks taken in both cases, the results were positive.
1) Explain why Paul decided to trust Wili, and how Wili responded to this trust.
2) Discuss Wili's decision to trust Mike. How was Wili influenced by his own experiences in making this decision, and what effect did it have on Mike?
3) Summarize the theme of trust within the novel and how it initiates character progression.
4) Speculate as to how the story may have progressed differently had Paul or Wili made different decisions with regards to trusting others.
This section contains 942 words
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